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Benjamin Logan STEM program earns regional award

The Benjamin Logan High School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Program has been selected as being "outstanding" and was selected as one of the top three "new programs" in the southwest region.

The Benjamin Logan High School STEM Program will be recognized at the Southwest Region of the Ohio School Boards Association Annual Meeting on October 11, 2012 at the Warren County Career Center. Mr. Art Stormer is the Benjamin Logan High School STEM Program Advisor and an active participant in the 2012 Honda STEM Club Advisor Summit. Students from the program most recently participated in HRA's first Charity Autocross Event on September 9 with proceeds from the event benefiting all Honda STEM Programs.

The Benjamin Logan High School STEM program is a curricular program that fosters our First Tech Challenge and First Lego League Competition opportunities for students who have the academic desire to participate in programs related to STEM. THE FTC team has been sponsored by the Bellefontaine JCPenney store for the past two years.

One of the most significant movements in the field of education today is the push to create powerful STEM learning experiences for students from early childhood through college. At Benjamin Logan we lay the foundation for these experiences as early as third grade by providing learning experiences in which student utilize The LEGO Education WeDo platform,  making it possible for primary school students ages 7 to 11 to build and program their own solutions. LEGO Education WeDo provides a hands-on learning experience that actively engages children’s creative thinking, teamwork, and problem-solving skills.

We continue these learning experiences at the middle school level where students are actively engaged in the First Lego League (FLL) in grades 5-8. FLL uses challenges based on real world scientific problems to engage children in research, problem solving, and engineering. The cornerstone of the program is its core values, which emphasize friendly sportsmanship, learning, and community involvement.

Mr. Stormer has helped to shape STEM Education in Ohio as he was selected and appointed as a 2010-2011 STEM Center Fellow through the Dayton Regional STEM Center. Benjamin Logan High School has been a member of the Honda STEM Club Mentorship Program since October 2010. The program is administered by Honda R & D Americas, Inc and is supported by engineers who are able to volunteer four hours of community service per month toward supporting STEM Club activities at area high schools.

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